Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 31 August, we want to know:

Do you have a favorite book, song, person, or community that connects you with your faith and spirituality, or the mystery some name God? Share your response now.


Presence Journal

Do you know someone who would benefit from Presence journal? Why not share one of your back issues with them? Include a note describing what you like about the journal and how it might benefit your friend. Send an e-mail along with a copy of the note you wrote to, and Spiritual Directors International will replace your issue. Please note: Your replacement copy may come as a CD-ROM rather than a hard copy depending on what we have in stock.




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others.

  1. Lance Ng and Nita Ng share their perspectives on contemplation, silence, and spiritual awakening.

    Questions this video addresses:
    1. What has happened in your life that made you feel settled? How did it give you hope?
    2. How has clarity arisen in your life when you have prayed or meditated?
    3. When you hear the saying, “Without emptiness, how can we experience fullness?” what resonates with you? How has a difficult time in your life made you feel more alive?
  2. Supervision is an essential discipline for spiritual directors. The Supervision Task Force has worked tirelessly to create and compile information and resources about supervision for the SDI website. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to the continual development of supervision resources, please e-mail

    Thank you to Wendie Bernstein Lash, Lucy Abbott Tucker, Care Crawford, Maureen McDonnell, and Karen Erlichman for your work on the Supervision Task Force!


Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

Registration for the 2017 Seeking Connection educational events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada will open next month! Participants will acknowledge the powerful healing potential of recognizing and celebrating our interdependence with community, creation, and the Divine. In addition to learning from the inspirational plenary speakers and conference spiritual director, participants will have twenty extraordinary workshops to choose from on Friday and Saturday. Peruse the options now, virtually meet the diverse workshop presenters, and be ready to register in September!

It is never too early to book your room at the discounted SDI room rate of CAD$129/USD$99 a night. You can reserve online or by calling 866-932-7058. Be sure to mention Spiritual Directors International of the group code SD16AA to receive the discount rate.



Free Seeker Teleconference: 16 August
As a seeker, are you curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive? Learn how to take the first step with Lauren Burdette and spiritual seekers around the world during a free teleconference on 16 August. RSVP today!



SDI Webinar: Creating Safe Space on the Margins: 23 August
Providing opportunities for men and women recovering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness to explore their spirituality is a ministry of healing and wholeness. 

Sometimes the greatest challenge is learning to work with the agencies and recovery-centered programs. This webinar will offer ways to connect with—and navigate through—the systems that are in place and share curriculum topics that will guide individuals in sharing their story. Register today!

SDI Webinar: The Recovery Journey: Resources and Practices for Spiritual Direction: 21 September
Cultural humility and radical hospitality are core principles that inform both the ministry and service of spiritual direction and the recovery journey. As spiritual directors, we walk alongside those who may be wrestling with the challenges of addiction. How can we best serve with an open heart as vessels of transformation and healing?

In this webinar, we will explore specific practices, tools, and resources for spiritual directors companioning people with addiction and their loved ones, such as prayer, meditation, ritual, and embodied practice. Register today!


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 15 August and be entered to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 16 August and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

The 2017 conference workshops have been announced! Name at least one workshop that you are drawn to attend. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our July winner was Toni Longo who received an SDI Webinar on Demand. Congratulations, Toni!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

Franciscan Spiritual Center—Milwaukie, Oregon Seeks a Full-Time Executive Director
Some nights/weekends when necessary. Provides overall leadership and management of the Franciscan Spiritual Center with a special focus on integrating the vision with marketing, development, planning and fiscal management. Master degree in theology or equivalent combination of education and exp. Minimum of 3 years administrative exp. Knowledge and understanding of the Christian tradition. Willingness and desire to work in an ecumenical, contemplative space. Deadline is September 1. Interested candidates should send their resume to: Sr. Mary Jo Chaves 503-794-8542 or to view the job description please visit:

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